Online Education is Here!

The Estuarium is excited to announce our new online programming to support K-12 education while students are home to slow the spread of COVID-19. Check out our new Online Education page to download our first two lessons, Discovering Estuaries: What is an Estuary? & Watershed Woes: Pollution Modeling.

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2020 Beach Naturalist Training

The Estuarium’s summer Meet the Beach program will be here before we know it and our 2020 Beach Naturalist Training starts April 25th!

The Estuarium’s Meet the Beach program is a hands on opportunity to work with beachgoers who visit our local beaches. Volunteers in this program work to create a greater understanding of the Puget Sound. Meet the Beach is offered to the general public at local beaches, such as Burfoot Park, Tolmie State Park, Priest Point, Frye Cove, and Woodard Bay during summer low tides.

Volunteer Beach Naturalists learn about the amazing diversity of creatures who live there and talk with people about how everyday choices can have a positive impact on our water quality. They answer people’s “what is that?” questions, get kids engaged looking for the creatures that live in the intertidal zone, increase awareness about what it takes to survive here and beach behavior (creatures home and leave living things at the beach, be gentle, and share ideas about what we can do to protect our waters and the creatures that depend upon its health.

We realize that our state’s policy on COVID-19 is ever evolving. In order to keep this program running and safe for participants, all training session will be held on local beaches where we can follow social distancing guidelines. We are hoping that the end of April brings us good news in regards to this pandemic, and that new and returning Beach Naturalists may have the opportunity to shake off the cabin fever and engage with our unique estuarine ecosystem while still practicing precautions to keep our community safe and healthy.

Visit our Beach Naturalist Training page to To learn more about becoming a volunteer Beach Naturalist.

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COVID-19 Event Cancellations

As a precaution to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community, the Estuarium Facility in Downtown Olympia will be closed to guests from now until the end of March, 3/31. The following Estuarium events will also be postponed, with new dates to be announced in April:

  • March 18: Volunteer Orientation
  • March 21: Pier Peer at Boston Harbor Marina
  • March 28: Pier Peer at the Shelton Yacht Club
  • March 24: 2020 Annual Meeting
  • March 29: Plantapalooza Free Admission Day
  • March 29: Cultural Exhibit Debut

Volunteer shifts for Animal Husbandry and Estuarium Teams will proceed as normal. If you have concerns about attending volunteer shifts or need to call out of a shift please contact Raegan, our Volunteer & Program Coordinator.

If you are an educator who has a scheduled field trip with the Estuarium between now and April 1st please contact Aeriel, our Education Coordinator, to talk about next steps. 

If you have any general questions about event closures/postponements due to COVID-19, please email Elisa, our Outreach Coordinator, or Paris, our Executive Director.

Please follow the Estuarium on social media for further updates and information.

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The Estuarium’s 2020 Annual Meeting

Save the date for the Estuarium’s annual meeting on March 24th from 6:30 – 8:00 PM at the Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation.

Meet our new Board and Staff members, join us in volunteer appreciation activities and get inspired with a special talk on conservation legislation by 22nd District Representative, Beth Dolgio!

We are looking forward to an evening spent celebrating our 2019 accomplishments and sharing our 2020 goals with our patrons.

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